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Mexico City (CNSNews.com) – Cases of local authorities refusing to cooperate with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention requests more than doubled in the first eight months of the Trump administration compared to the same period a year earlier, according to ICE records.
ICE also issued 81 percent more “detainer requests” to local jurisdictions during that period – from President Trump’s inauguration until the end of FY 2017 – compared to the same period a year earlier, during the Obama administration.
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The requests ask local authorities to keep individuals in custody or provide 48 hours’ notice prior to their release. A total of 112,493 were issued by ICE between the day Trump took office on January 20 and the end of FY 2017 (Sept. 30, 2017).
Local authorities, however, more than doubled their rejection of detainer requests between FY 2016 and FY 2017, from 3,623 to 8,170.
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“This is the greatest number of declined detainers over the last three fiscal years,” ICE said in its FY 2017 enforcement and removal operations report.
The impact of sanctuary policies on ICE arrests is also evident in a report released last week by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University.
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“Despite this administration's concerted efforts to push for greater assistance by state and local law enforcement agencies, as yet these efforts appear to have had little impact on the number of individuals ICE takes into custody from other law enforcement agencies,” the report said.
A proliferation of sanctuary policies in local jurisdictions has made it more difficult for ICE to carry out arrests, according to Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies at the Center for Immigration Studies.
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More than 300 jurisdictions around the country have stopped cooperating with ICE by refusing to honor ICE detainer requests, she told CNSNews.com.
Vaughan cited law SB 54 signed by California Gov. Jerry Brown...
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